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Support for sports social enterprises

26/02/2014
Community Engagement / Sport and physical activity
Children playing rugby - credit Rob Eyton Jones
Fifty-first national Legacy 2014 project to empower sports in communities.

A £1 million fund to help communities own and run their sport facilities has been announced by the Minister for Commonwealth Games today (26 February 2014).

The Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund will distribute up to £1 million during 2014-2016 to support the sustainability and capacity of aspiring and existing social  enterprises delivering sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland.

The Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is made up of an investment of £500,000 from the Scottish Government and £500,000 from The Robertson Trust.

The announcement of the fund, the 51st national Legacy 2014 programme, was made in the middle of a Legacy Week, a national celebration of the long term benefits of the Commonwealth Games.

Speaking at the 2014 Games Legacy: Scotland’s Sporting Future at our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Minister Shona Robison said:

“A legacy from the Games has to be long term improvements in levels of physical activity. Already, Scotland’s 126 Community Sports Hubs are proving a powerful and effective way to give people more opportunities to be active.

“There are an increasing number of social enterprises providing a wide range of community and social benefits and we are committed to empowering local groups and enabling them to operate facilities and deliver services

“Where groups are looking to take on the running or ownership of facilities, these ambitions must be supported by the local community backed up by a robust, sustainable business case. These are crucial to whether a social enterprise can succeed and the Fund will help with this, building on existing support available and utilising the sector’s expertise.”

Kenneth Ferguson, Director, The Robertson Trust said:  “The Robertson Trust have been working in the field of community sport for a number of years and we are delighted to be able to make this investment which we believe will make a significant contribution to enhancing the capacity and sustainability of the sector.”

Alastair Davis, CEO of SIS, said “Social Investment Scotland has supported a number of sports related social enterprises access the finance they need to realise their ambitions. A project like this is essential for the grassroots development of sport social enterprises, providing the opportunity not only to access essential funds, but also to tap into the knowledge and expertise from likeminded social entrepreneurs within the sector.”

Details of the fund will be available from March 18 at www.legacy2014.co.uk